No Doubt songs produced by hip-hop producers Timbaland and the Neptunes, recently pulled from the final sequencing of the group’s upcoming album Rock Steady, might still see release at a later date.
No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont noted that the songs “didn’t fit in,” but tells LAUNCH that it doesn’t mean they’re not quality. “They’re good songs that I’m sure will find the light of day at some point,” he says. “They were just a little more hip-hoppy and didn’t feel right with the rest of the songs we had for the record.”
The Timbaland song is called “It’s A Fight.” And while the Neptunes co-wrote Rock Steady’s lead-off track, “Hella Good” (which was produced by Nellee Hooper), the production team and No Doubt worked on another song that was submitted to R& B diva Kelis, who replaced Gwen Stefani’s vocal but kept the parts played by the group’s Dumont, bassist Tony Kanal, and drummer Adrian Young.
“The Neptunes guys were very talented,” Dumont tells LAUNCH. “We had fun working with them. They have a lot of energy and a lot of creativity and just a lot of really positive vibe in the studio. But for us being a rock band, as producers it didn’t work out that they were right for us.”
Due out December 18, Rock Steady does feature No Doubt collaborations with Prince, former Cars leader Ric Ocasek, Madonna cohort William Orbit, Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, and the Jamaican teams Sly & Robbie and Steely & Clevie.
No Doubt begins a spate of dates opening for U2 Thursday (October 25) in New York City.